A welcome and a fundraiser for Leadership Blount

Rick Shepard, Leadership Blount Class of 2002 talks things over with auctioneers David Alley and Ken Cole.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Rick Shepard, Leadership Blount Class of 2002 talks things over with auctioneers David Alley and Ken Cole.

Who knew a game of Heads or Tails could be so lucrative?

Members of the Leadership Blount Class of 2012 were officially introduced at a reception at Smithview Pavilion, with an additional purpose of raising funds for the organization.

Part of that fun was a game of Heads or Tails, with the winner receiving an iPad 2.

The July 26 event drew a great crowd and helped raise a record amount of money for the leadership development program, executive director Katherine Caputo said.

“It might have been a record crowd. People came out, and everyone had a wonderful time. In addition to the new class being introduced, we had a variety of fundraisers. Leadership Blount is a non-profit organization, and this is our biggest fundraising event for the year,” she said. ‘We raised over $13,000, twice as much as last year, so we exceeded our goal.”

Caputo said Head or Tails is huge group version of the coin-flip game of heads or tails. You pay to play, sitting down if you guess wrong on the coin flip. “If it lands on heads, the tails sit down and the heads keep on playing. It is weeded down to one winner,” she said. Kathy Stinnett was the final person standing.

There was also a live auction for a variety of packages, with everything from cabins to tickets to dinners. David Alley from Alley Auction was the auctioneer.

Caputo said alumni from the last 20 years were invited along with their guests and sponsors to meet the 21st class of Leadership Blount.

Caputo thanked partnership sponsors, including Alcoa, Inc., Blount Memorial Hospital, Foothills Bank and Trust and Impact Associates. Event sponsors were Aubrey’s Restaurant, which provided a lavish taco bar with banana pudding for dessert; Smithview Pavilion; Pistol Creek Catch of the Day; and Campbell’s Party Rentals.

“The whole point of all this is to get more volunteers into the community. The whole mission of Leadership Blount is to create connections, increase pride and ownership and get people to act upon what they’ve learned and get involved,” Caputo said.

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